Volunteer With Us!
Next New Volunteer Training: Saturday, April 13th @ 10:00 a.m.
Thank You for Wanting to Lend a Helping Paw! Glynn County Animal Control’s volunteers are a vital part of our organization and help us in a variety of ways. Volunteers help with everything from walking to dogs to planning events. Have a special skill or project? Let us know!
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Individual Volunteers: New Volunteer Training is held once each month and RSVP is requested. Training is your opportunity to learn more about Glynn County Animal Control, what we do, why we do it, and how you can help. Volunteer applications should be submitted before training by visiting the shelter and talking with our Division Manager. To RSVP for a training, please contact our Division Manager at 912-554-7501 or email@example.com or stop by the shelter during open hours.
Family Volunteers: Children 12-17 years of age are welcome to volunteer when accompanied by a parent or guardian who attends training with them and provides direct supervision at all times. Family volunteering provides children with the opportunity to learn about animal control and sheltering and provides our pets with the opportunity to interact with various ages of volunteers. Youth volunteers will have limited direct interaction with the shelter pets due to liability concerns.
Paws to Read! - All Ages Welcome!
Children with a parent or guardian can bring books to read to our shelter dogs & cats. A brief orientation and youth volunteer applications are done before introducing you to our deserving homeless pets. Schedule your orientation by calling our Division Manager at 554-7501 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
School/Group Projects or Community Service (not court ordered): We are able to accommodate a small groups depending upon our needs at the time. Groups of volunteers assist us with basic tasks such as cleaning/organizing projects and yard work. Groups are not always able to directly interact with our pets because animal-handling volunteer positions require additional training.
Court Ordered Community Service: Glynn County Animal Control does accept court-ordered community service. Court-ordered community service volunteers primarily assist with the cleaning of the shelter facilities, doing laundry, etc. This type of volunteering is not hands-on with the shelter pets. To apply for this program, individuals must be at least 18 years of age and meet in advance with our Division Manager. A copy of your court order and your government-issued ID are required.
What Can You Volunteer to Do?
Dog Walker/Cat Playdates — We have a small staff and a lot of shelter pets in our care. Dog walkers and Cat Playdate volunteers provide much-needed exercise and socialization for either the shelter dogs or cats. Volunteer between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (except County holidays). Regular volunteers may also be approved for Dog Field Trips (taking shelter dogs on day trips) or Foster Homes (temporary homes for dogs or cats needing medical or behavioral support).
Special Event Volunteer — Glynn County Animal Control participates in off-site events frequently throughout the year and we always need help transporting shelter pets to and from the events and interacting with potential adopters at the event. Special event volunteers are used on an as-needed basis.
Adoption Counselor — One of GCAC’s most rewarding volunteer opportunities: experienced volunteers assist visitors at our shelter with selecting the perfect new fur-ever friend. Volunteer between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Other Opportunities — Do you have a special talent or skill that you would like to share? Talk with our Division Manager – we’re open to discussing potential opportunities/projects.
OUR FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
We rely on a dedicated group of foster volunteers to help us in our mission of saving shelter pets’ lives. While we provide the training, supplies, veterinary care and support, our volunteers provide the open hearts and homes. Together we save the lives of many young animals by preparing them for adoption and opening space in the shelter.
KITTEN SEASON LIFESAVERS: Every spring and summer, the shelter is flooded with hundreds of very young kittens. Because kittens must be at least two pounds before they can be spayed or neutered, we need foster volunteers to care for them until they grow to that weight. Additionally, foster homes provide valuable socialization during a critical stage of development. We also need homes for underage puppies and nursing moms with litters.
DOG FIELD TRIP CHAPERONE: Dog Field Trip Chaperones are regular volunteers who are approved to take dogs out of the shelter for a day trip such as the beach or home. This gives our dogs a chance to be seen by more potential adopters and helps with their socialization and exercise.
TRANSPORT FOSTER: As part of our lifesaving work, we transport animals across the country to rescues and other shelters. Transport fosters are needed for short term care of animals scheduled to travel. Expenses related to volunteer work may be tax-deductible – consult with your tax professional.
TLC FOSTER HOMES: Some of our animals require more socialization or medical care before becoming eligible for adoption and will benefit from spending time in a home environment. Foster families provide a structured, nurturing environment specific to each shelter pet’s needs.
NEXT STEPS: If you would like more information on fostering, please read our Foster FAQ (attached) to determine if fostering is right for you. If it seems like something you would be interested in, stop by the shelter, email email@example.com or call (912) 554-7500. The general foster commitment is 2 to 8 weeks but may vary depending on the animal’s needs.
- Must be 18 years of age. Youth may volunteer alongside a parent/guardian who will be the primary foster pet caregiver.
- Must submit a separate Foster Care Application and be approved to foster by GCAC staff.
- Must be able to have pets where you live. Landlord approval is required.
IS FOSTERING RIGHT FOR ME?
Does my schedule permit me to spend quality time with my foster animals? In addition to the minimum 3-4 hours a day spent socializing your fosters, you are required to feed, clean-up after, and monitor your fosters for changes in appearance, health and energy levels throughout the day.
Do all members of my household want to foster? Bringing fosters into your home requires a big commitment from every member of your family. To set the animals up for success, make sure that all family members are onboard.
Am I willing to keep my medical fosters separate from my own animals? To prevent the spread of disease, it is very important that your foster pets do not have contact with your resident animals. Resident cat(s) must not be allowed outdoors.
What will be my financial responsibility? GCAC will supply you with basic food and supplies such as bowls, litter, litterbox, blankets, and toys. GCAC will also provide basic medical care at no cost to you.
Will I be able to follow necessary cleaning protocols? In addition to daily cleaning duties such as litter box, housebreaking, and washing bowls and bedding, you must also follow strict sanitation protocols in between foster groups.
What would I do if my foster pets cause damage to my house? Part of your job will be to teach your foster pets how to be a well-behaved house pet. In the process, some of your personal belongings may get damaged. GCAC will not be held responsible for any damage caused by your foster animals.
Am I able to return to the shelter for regular veterinary appointments? Young animals require booster vaccines at least once every 2 -3 weeks. These are provided by GCAC. In addition, you may be required to bring your foster pets to an approved veterinary clinic for any health issues that arise during normal business hours.
In cases of emergency, can I take my foster pet to an emergency vet? In the event of an emergency you will contact the Division Manager or Kennel Lead. If deemed an emergency, you can take the animal to Brunswick Pet ER.
Will I be able to return my foster animals to GCAC once the foster period ends? This can be difficult once a bond is formed between you and your fosters. Try to keep in mind that you will save more lives by keeping an open space in your house for new fosters.
Will I be able to emotionally cope with the death of one my fosters? Unfortunately, not all foster animals survive, especially the very young. While this is one of the hardest things about fostering, it is something you need to be emotionally prepared for.
Do I accept that GCAC is an open-door shelter and cannot guarantee the adoption of all foster animals? While we will do our absolute best to place all animals into loving homes, this is not always possible. In some cases, your foster animals may have to be euthanized for health or behavior if issues are not able to be resolved.
OUR VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ONLINE
Ready to get started? Fill out our on-line volunteer application!
Submit an online request to perform Court Ordered Community Service